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Missouri House Committee Kills Radical Antigay Bill The Advocate  •  April 27, 2016 Missouri’s House Emerging Issues Committee today voted down a controversial anti-LGBT “religious freedom” bill with a tie 6-6 vote. That effectively kills the bill for this legislative session. Read more here.
Missouri ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Defeated In House Committee Vote NPR  •  April 27, 2016 Missouri’s so-called religious freedom bill may be dead for this year. The amendment to the state Constitution would have protected people who didn’t want to provide services related to same-sex marriages, including clerks, clergy and businesses. Wednesday’s 6-6 vote by a House com
Missouri ‘religious freedom bill’ passes as 39-hour filibuster ends CNN  •  March 9, 2016 Despite Democrats’ objections, and despite their 39-hour filibuster, the Missouri Senate on Wednesday morning passed a measure its supporters characterize as a religious freedom bill that could change the state’s constitution. Republicans in the chamber used a procedure to end debate on
Missouri’s SJR 39, Anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment, Is Moving Quickly In the Senate The Missouri Times  •  February 29, 2016 St. Louis — Yesterday, Sen. Bob Onder’s SJR 39 was voted out of the Seniors, Families and Children Committee. SJR 39 would create a constitutional amendment for a public, statewide vote, that would allow businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. SJR 39 would p
Missouri lawmakers take aim at gender-neutral bathrooms Kansas City Star  •  January 31, 2016 Steph Perkins couldn’t help but feel under assault. Years trying to persuade the Springfield City Council to outlaw discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens finally paid off in late 2014 when a nondiscrimination ordinance became law. Perkins and his fellow supporters
Missouri Democrats try again to ban LGBT discrimination Crux  •  January 25, 2016 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon used his final State of the State address last week to implore lawmakers to bar discrimination against LGBT people, but leaders in the Republican-dominated Legislature say that’s unlikely to happen before Nixon leaves office. It appears more likely
Missouri Governor, Democrats want nondiscrimination act, Republican leader says ‘not in the Senate’ MissouriNet  •  January 22, 2016 The governor and other Democrats want to make discrimination based on gender sexual orientation illegal in Missouri, but Republicans controlling the legislature say it won’t happen this year. Governor Jay Nixon delivers his final State of the State Address. (photo courtesy; Tim Bommel, Missouri Ho
Missouri Attorney General Koster Reiterates Call for Legislature To Pass New Nondiscrimination Law The Missouri Times  •  October 29, 2015 Earlier this week, the Western District Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that current state law barring discrimination based on sex is intended to prevent gender-based discrimination only, not discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the majority opinion, Chief Judge James Welch wrote, “No ma
Heated Gay Rights Debate Continues in Missouri and Many Other States The Kansas City Star  •  April 19, 2015 JEFFERSON CITY-Ron Calzone came to the Missouri Capitol on Wednesday to stand up for his “God-given freedom” to discriminate. “In America, you have a right to discriminate as a private citizen. In America, if you don’t like the color of someone’s eyes or their hair or the way they talk, yo
Missouri House Committee to Hear Nondiscrimination Bill This Week KOMU  •  April 12, 2015 The Missouri House Civil and Criminal Proceedings Committee is set to hear House Bill 407 this Wednesday at noon. The bill is more commonly known as the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, or MONA. This act would prevent LGBT people of Missouri from being fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes